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Adding Technology to your Language Classroom

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Presentation from a day long workshop for community college language instructors.

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Adding Technology to your Language Classroom

  1. 1. Adding technology to your language course Pilar Munday, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
  2. 2. Hello! I am Pilar Munday I teach Spanish at Sacred Heart University and I love to incorporate technology into my courses. You can find me at @mundaysa or mundaysa@gmail.com
  3. 3. Any growth requires a temporary loss of security. Madeline Hunter
  4. 4. What will we do today? 9 - 9:15 Introduction 9:15 - 9:45 Icebreakers & Discussion 9:45 - 11:00 Tools 11:00 - 12:00 Google Apps 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch break 1:00 - 1:30 Blackboard Integration 1:30 - 2:00 Assessment 2:00 - 3:00 Your Turn
  5. 5. Introduction Why use technology? 1
  6. 6. Do you need to use technology?
  7. 7. Icebreakers Let’s use our devices! 2
  8. 8. Icebreaker #1 In this activity, we are going to share an image that we have in our own smart devices. It can be a picture of someone in your family or a place you love. Go to http://padlet. com/mundaysa1/H artford on your device and follow the instructions there. Let’s comment on the images you posted there so we get to know each other better. 1 2 3 3
  9. 9. Icebreaker #2 We are going to talk to two people in the room to get to know them better. Then, we can talk about what things we have in common. Talk to someone for 2 minutes. Then talk to someone else for another 2 minutes. Tell each person different information about you. Take notes about your partner responses. On your device, please complete this form using your notes. http: //bit. ly/Icebreaker2. We will then discuss results. 1 2 3 3
  10. 10. Discussion ▪ Could we do this without technology? ▪ Can it work in online or blended environments? ▪ Difficulty/time issues ▪ What value has been added? ▪ Creating community / humanizing your online class
  11. 11. Tools Some examples and activities 3
  12. 12. Reading & writing Tools to consider: → Blogger → Twitter → Instagram → Duolingo
  13. 13. Blogger Public space where students showcase learning They can be used as portfolios They serve as journals Videos and sound files are easy to embed Students can get comments from anyone
  14. 14. Twitter ▪ Follow famous people or institutions (that they choose) ▪ Practice vocabulary (in class and outside) ▪ Observe culture in action through Twitter’s “trending topics” ▪ Create a “class” account
  15. 15. Instagram ▪ Follow famous people or institutions (that they choose) ▪ Create a “challenge” for your students ▪ Have students find interesting hashtags (for example for famous holidays)
  16. 16. Speaking & Listening Tools to consider: → LingtLanguage → Flipgrid → Mobile Devices → Duolingo
  17. 17. LingtLanguage.com
  18. 18. Flipgrid Let’s try one: http://flipgrid.com/#hartford
  19. 19. Flipgrid Example of integrating Flipgrid into a webpage (for Spanish Intermediate/Advanced students). https://tackk.com/speflipgrid
  20. 20. Mobile devices AUDIO: ▪ Have students record each other using Voice Memo or Dragon dictation ▪ Ask them to send you messages via email or text (maybe through What’ sApp) VIDEO: ▪ Create short videos and stitch them together with iMovie or Windows Movie Maker
  21. 21. Mobile devices INTERESTING APPS: ▪ Soundcloud: Recordings that can be shared or embedded Moldiv: Edit pictures, create collages, add words to pictures, make posters Trvia Crack: A game similar to Trivial Pursuit. Players from many countries, many languages, including simplified Chinese
  22. 22. Mobile devices OTHER INTERESTING APPS:
  23. 23. Duolingo Students had to do 5 lessons per week. It was 15% of their final grade.
  24. 24. Google Apps Docs, Spreadsheets, Forms, Slides 4
  25. 25. Google Drive Why use it? ▪ Everything saved ▪ Collaborate easily ▪ No sending files ▪ Many applications
  26. 26. Google Docs Example of collaborative work
  27. 27. Google Docs Use them for collaboration: peer editing, in class activities, instructor feedback http://bit.ly/hartford2
  28. 28. Google Spreadsheets As a bulletin board
  29. 29. Google Slides Students can create a presentation together easily
  30. 30. Google Forms Use them to ▪ get to know your students ▪ collect homework ▪ create quizzes that are gradable (Flubaroo) ▪ adapt materials from the book and embed them in Blackboard
  31. 31. Google Forms Examples
  32. 32. Other Interestings Tools http://bit.ly/languagewebsites
  33. 33. STOP!! Lunch break
  34. 34. Blackboard Integration Some ideas 5
  35. 35. Blackboard Embedding content AoHow http://bit.ly/BBembedding
  36. 36. Blackboard Tackk AoHow
  37. 37. Assessment How can it inform instruction? 6
  38. 38. Performance vs Proficiency VS http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/ACTFLPerformance_Descriptors.pd f
  39. 39. Performance http://www.actfl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/Can-Do_Statements.pdf Example: Interpersonal Communication
  40. 40. Performance Using student response systems Or other tools:
  41. 41. Self-directed
  42. 42. Your Turn What will you design? 7
  43. 43. Let’s get to work
  44. 44. Show & Tell Let’s us know about your plan! 8
  45. 45. Your ideas ▪ Creating a Tackk Page with embedded content from NPR Story Corps ▪
  46. 46. THANKS! Any questions? You can find me at @mundaysa & mundaysa@gmail.com
  47. 47. Credits Special thanks to all the people who made and released these awesome resources for free: ▪ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ▪ Photographs by Unsplash

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